Saturday, December 08, 2012
Breaking sharply from post 4, First Blazin Love sprinted to a wire-to-wire, three-quarter length win in Saturday's $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (RG1) for New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park.
First Blazin Love made his 400-yard trip in :19.071, the fourth-fastest winning time in the stakes' 16-year history. Jesse Levario rode the 3-year-old colt by Chicks A Blazin for owners Dwayne Johnson, Lisa Saumell, and Johnny C. Martinez, and trainer Paul Jones.
First Blazin Love was bred by Mike Abraham. The colt's sire, Chicks A Blazin, was a winning son of the Beduino (TB) stallion Chicks Beduino who ran second in Run Em Up's 1995 West Texas Sun Country Futurity (G1) at Sunland Park.
Chicks A Blazin's top runners include Blazin N Shakin, a two-time winner of the New Mexico Fillies & Mares Championship (RG2) at Zia Park; 2001 New Mexico State Fair Senor Futurity (RG3) winner Chicks Goes Steppin; 2011 Zia Futurity (RG1) winner Call Me A Blazn Chic; and 2008 Shue Fly Stakes (RG1) winner DPI Good Boy. The stallion died in June 2012 due to complications from laminitis.
First Blazin Love's dam, Love At First Glance, is a 14-year-old daughter of all-time leading sire and 1987 AQHA world champion First Down Dash and a full sister to Grade 1 winner Natovas Princess and 1996 Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) runner-up Our Liquidator. The colt's fourth dam, Noble Nova (TB), was a Nebraska-bred mare by the Nasrullah stallion Novarullah and a multiple stakes winner in the early '70s.
First Blazin Love was coming off of a half-length victory as the third-fastest qualifier in the 440-yard, $208,000 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park on October 28. Campaigned exclusively in New Mexico, the colt has earned $351,236 from 13 outs, and his six victories include last year's 400-yard Shue Fly Stakes (RG2) for New Mexico-bred sophomores at Sunland.
First Blazin Love was sent to post at odds of 5-1 and returned a win mutuel of $12.40. Klassic Strawfly finished second to complete a $62.60 ($1) exacta.
Untangled Vines ran third, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, and was followed by 3-2 favorite Miracle Snow, Fury Of The Storm, In Famous Caper, Genuine American, A First Caller, and RCJ Major Storm.
Klassic Strawfly, a homebred 6-year-old gelding, has won seven of 49 starts and has banked $275,626 for owner Ronald L. Stephens, who also trains the son of 2002 All American Derby (G1) winner Genuine Strawfly. Klassic Strawfly's stakes resume includes a half-length victory in the June 10, $75,000 Jimmy Drake Stakes (R) at SunRay Park, and he was a finalist in the '09 New Mexico Cup Derby (RG2) at Zia Park.
A sorrel 3-year-old gelding by Jesse James Jr racing for Yaneth Cabrera, Untangled Vines was coming off of a neck win in a 350-yard entry-level allowance dash at Zia Park on November 5. All told, Untangled Vines has won three of 21 races and has earned $101,395, and his race record includes a second-place finish to Fury Of The Storm in the 400-yard, $75,000 New Mexico Breeders' Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park on May 20.